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Help! Strange issue with x79 Asus Rampage IV Gene system

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Ok, I'm almost convinced that I got a defective motherboard, but I'd figure I'd run my problem past you guys to see if any of you have an "ah ha" moment.

I got an x79 Asus Rampage Extreme IV Gene motherboard, Intel and 3930K CPU and 4 G.Skill Trident X RAM chips (the 2400MHz ones).

I can not get either Windows 7 (I tried Pro and Ultimate) or Linux to install on either a 500GB WD 3.5" hard drive, 250GB Segate 2.5" hard drive, or 32GB OCZ SSD. I keep getting random BSOD errors (usually 0x0000050, but sometimes other ones ... alot of the time it deals with cng.sys). I've tried swapping RAM (using 2 of the 4 G.Skills, in various banks), using Corsair RAM, swapping video cards, swapping SATA cables. Loading the OS via DVD and loading it via USB flash drive, nothing I do will work. I've tried 3 different BIOS's. I've pulled the water block off and taken the CPU out and reseated it (and checked to make sure there were no bent pins). I've tried all 7 SATA ports on the motherboard (3 3GB x79, 2 6GB x79, 2 6GB other chipset). I'm not doing any overclocking, just using "Safe" defaults (I've also tried the "Performance" defaults too). I've set the memory up as "Auto" as well as "XMP" on the G.Skill RAM. Currently the BIOS is now up to version 4004 (the latest).

What's odd is that when I boot an OS via USB (be it Windows or Linux) it never errors out. Heck, I ran MemTest86 for 90 minutes with the G.Skill memory and no issues at all.

So what I'm thinking is that the SATA ports or at least the x79 portion of it is hosed. I don't have a PCIe SATA card, not that I'm sure that I could boot via that if I did, so it's hard to rule that out.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 7/1/13 at 9:57am
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Well, I went ahead and RMA'd the board. So with a little luck, maybe I'll get a working one back next week sometime.
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